It’s April 1st and now 22 days until Earth Day — an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Instead of waiting three weeks to take action, let’s Countdown to Earth Day together, now. And, when you get involved, you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes along the way.
Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, our climate and the world around us, so now more than ever, it’s time to adopt a few new habits and eliminate some of the things that aren’t so great. To empower you and your family with motivating ideas, we’ve created 22 daily activities to take you from April 1st right through to Earth Day on April 22nd. It takes 21 days to make a new habit, so by Day 22, you will have found the way! Remember that “small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.”
Spring is an important time for bees who are emerging from the ground looking for pollen. Today, make plans to learn more about bees, plant native flowers to attract bees, and build a bee box —a home for solitary bees (they rarely sting because they aren’t defending a hive) to make their nests in your yard and stay busy pollinating your flowers and vegetables all summer long.
There are more than 400 species of native bees in Canada. Native bees provide a very important service in our ecosystem in the following ways:
- Many of the food crops and flowers we rely on benefit from our native bee pollination.
- Bees transfer large amounts of pollen between flowering plants, doing their job to pollinate flowers that lead to great harvests.
- About half of the world’s plant species depend upon animals, like bees, bugs and butterflies for pollination.
- Some plants require a specific native bee for proper pollination. For example, tomatoes can only be effectively pollinated by Bumblebees, and apples are most effectively pollinated by Mason Bees.
It’s time to take action & live sustainably. Let’s start by taking care of our smallest friends first.
How to attract beneficial bees:
- Create Shelter for native bees and make a bee box.
- Learn more about bees and their habitat here.
- Plant these flowers to attract bees.
PLUS, enter here for a chance to win one of 3 prize packs of rare and beautiful flower seeds for your garden, with a value of $150.00 each.
Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment, our climate and the world around us, so now more than ever, it’s time to adopt a few new habits. For more fun & easy ways to live sustainably, check out these planet-friendly activities.
The Harrowsmith Countdown to Earth Day is brought to you in partnership with Oroweat Organic bread. Learn more about Oroweat Organic and how they are helping the earth by clicking here.
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